Call the Midwife meets In the Middle of Nowhere in this heartwarming memoir of an adventurous Aussie midwife's life 'catching babies'.
Outback Midwife is the story of Beth McRae's 40 years as a midwife, from her terrifying first day witnessing a birth as a naïve student nurse to her training as a midwife - the days when the words 'birth plan' were unheard of and what women wanted was a long way from being part of any plan - to the outback.
Beth's career of catching babies takes her from the city to the bush, bonding with people from all walks of life at one of the most important moments in their lives. But there was one more frontier she was determined to conquer.
At a time when most people are thinking about slowing down, Beth decides to move to a remote Aboriginal community in Arnhem Land to embark on a whole other adventure.
©2015 Elizabeth McRae and Charlotte Ward (P)2015 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
"This book is outstanding." (Goodreads)
What a moving story I found this book to be. Narrator was good but her attempts at other accents eg Scottish I found off putting at times. The book was written from the heart of the author who it appears has been a pioneer in trying to understand how giving birth, contraception etc in other cultures can vary from what she had been taught. Overall I feel Beth will have left the outback dwellers in a better understanding on how pregnancy, good diet etc leaves the mother healthier as well as her children.
I was expecting a sort of Call the Midwife style tale, in a different setting, but it isn't like that, apart from the fact she's delivering babies! Beth doesn't even get to the outback until almost the end, so it's mainly set in hospitals, in towns. So although she is a midwife in the outback you have to wait a long time to get there.
The part when she's training at the beginning, with all her trials and tribulations in her private life as well, is interesting. Her account of her family life with her parents and sister was endearing at times. Later when she loses her own first baby it was heart ringing, you could hear her pain. She gets the listener to sympathise with her a lot and to see her frustrations later on when bureaucracy prevents improvements for patients.
When she does eventually arrive in the outback I found some of her observations sounded judgemental, although I'm sure this was unintentional. The latter part of the book wasn't always for the faint hearted and parts of it were disturbing. One thing that really came through, was how much Beth cared for her patients. A more well meaning midwife I don't think you could find. I think Beth has a good, genuine heart, without being a goodie two shoes, so this is apparent all the way through.
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I really enjoyed the story, and will certainly listen to it again, so probably in my Top Ten.
Beth. She seems a compassionate midwife and a really nice person, one I would like to meet.
She narrates with passion and conviction and is certainly pleasant to listen to, but I found her attempts to reproduce Scottish accents lacked accuracy and pacing; to be honest, they generally made me giggle.
I did both. The death of Beth's first baby was tragic, but there were many happy moments too.
If you are interested in midwifery, social history, health care or life in Australia in general, this will be of interest.
This book seemed to go on forever. was expecting something like an Australian version of call the midwife but was sadly disappointed. failed to engage with the characters and felt I was reviewing someone's CV
Don't know as haven't read print version.
It's my kind of book. I love outback stories.
She speaks well & her emotional parts are good.
Made me both laugh & cry.
I thought the author Beth wrote well about her life, happy parts & sad alike.
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